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The trade-offs New Yorkers will make to find an affordable apartment

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Plus, a new Miss Subways has been chosen—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

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Rent affordability and the struggle to look for an NYC apartment

Finding a NYC apartment to rent is tough, and finding the perfect place in an increasingly unaffordable market is even tougher. Often, New Yorkers have to choose between spending a lot for a shorter commute, or paying less but at the price of a long commute. A new StreetEasy study delved into the struggle to find an affordable apartment, looking at the trade-offs apartment seekers make when looking for a place—in particular, the role that budget plays into the whole search.

Looking at instances in which StreetEasy users saved listings in 2018, the analysis revealed apartment-seeker behaviors across different price points. For example, renters who start by looking at apartments under $2,700/month end up looking at more expensive units later on, while those who start searching for apartments over $2,700/month, will lower their price/budget as they go through their search.

StreetEasy’s analysts also found that renters on a smaller budget “have to sacrifice their preferred location and price point in the end”: New Yorkers searching for apartments at $1,800/month look on an average area of 4.9 square miles while at $4,000/month users search within 1.4 square miles.

It’s not surprising that NYC renter trade-offs are largely based on budget, but the report notes that these choices may be driving the wider market trends. “The coffee shops, trendy retail storefronts, and organic grocery stores popping in neighborhoods where such things would have been unthinkable 20 years ago are a direct result of the rising share of New Yorkers forced to look beyond more central parts of the city, and are not themselves the forces increasing demand for homes in these areas,” the study reads.

And in other news…

  • A new bike and pedestrian path is coming to the Goethals Bridge.
  • The Calvary Baptist Church on 57th Street will get a boutique office tower topper.
  • The collapse of WeWork could lead to trouble for its office shares in the city, but the company’s Soho and the Flatiron District spots are most at risk.
  • Thomas Heatherwick’s Chelsea residential building has a new name: The Lantern House, dubbed for the circular windows that make up its facade.
  • The new Miss Subways is a 22-year-old musician from Brooklyn who said that, during her reign, she would “release rabid wolves into the subway.” (That was a joke, probably.)
  • Why are bus stops bunched so close together?
  • And finally, the Gowanus Canal was briefly dyed green last week. Don’t worry; everything is fine, though you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise.